It is within the Morton National Park, and that Park is centred on the Shoalhaven Valley, and is dominated by a huge Sandstone plateau. So, what is Granite Falls doing there?
Seemingly it is a geological "intrusion"
into the surrounding Sandstone plateau.
This is a composite image, and because of the steep angle
of the rocks, my images only match if put together like this.
Igmnore the black surrounds.
Also the grey mass in the lower left foreground
is part of the lookout structure. Ignore that too.
Just follow the water line from the top to the pool,
way down at the base.
|Granite Falls (composite image)|
Also strange was this amazing blue fungus. Small, with a high crowned cap, and a blue stem underneath (visible in the second image). It seems likely that it is a type of Entoloma. My foot was playing up, and I did not take the images I ought have taken - gill shots, etc. I hope to go back next week.
Note the blue stem underneath.
However, it was worth the effort in carefully negotiating this seemingly innoculous rock shelf. The smooth surface of the granite rock was very slippery and potentially dangerous.
We found these plants:
As the name suggests, this plant loves rock shelves.
It has short stubby hairs on the margins of the lateral sepals
(the large creamy white organs)
The lateral petals ("Bunny Ears") are clearly hairy.
Its diagnostic feature is the leaf present at flowering time
(but its cousin E cucullata often has
a leaf forming when it flowers).
More importantly, the leaf of this species is red underneath,
(click to enlarge image)
That Eriochilus is a new species for me.
The more common species in my area is the Parsons Bands Orchid
or "Bunnies Ears".
This ia wonderful colony of these tiny Sundews.
|Drosera spatulata in situ on shallow moss bed over rock|
Close up of Drosera spatulata
Unfortunately they were only in bud, not in flower.
If I do go back I shall update this post
with more, and hopefully better, photos.